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Season of Light sheds light on Christmas traditions

November 22, 2010 Comments off

By Ember Zimmerman, Staff Writer

Season of Light was a presentation arranged by Mr. Steve Morgan, planetarium director/instructor of astronomy, and narrated by National Public Radio’s Noah Adams. The presentation focused on winter traditions and how they relate to light.

The presentation opened with an explanation of which constellations and planets are currently visible, followed by an explanation of how Earth’s rotation and the tilt of its axis affect the weather and seasons. This gave the audience practical information relating to the season from the start of the show.

Among the more interesting parts of the show was a discussion about Druid, Native American, Roman, Christian and Jewish celebrations and the role light had in the season of darkness—that is, the role light played in the winter solstice.

Near the end of the presentation, the program also explored possible astronomical explanations about the star that reputedly led three wise men to Bethlehem on the night of Jesus’ birth. The star lasted too long to be a meteor; and, at the time, comets were considered bad luck. So, the theory that the Season of Light presented was that the start was possibly an alignment of planets—though it conceded that we may never know.

Season of Light was highly educational, and the turnout was good, although perhaps a bit badly-timed; few students want to see another lecture on a Friday night.

Overall, as an educational program, Season of Light was fairly well done. For an audience interested in the origins of light-based traditions of the Christmas season, it was excellent.

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Sustainability Day adds herbs, blackout

November 20, 2010 Comments off

By Ember Zimmerman, Staff Writer

The hall lights in Goolsby Lecture Hall were turned off in observance of Sustainability Awareness Day. Photo by Ember Zimmerman

With the slogan “Love purple, live green,” the sustainability committee was sure to get out the word about their campus-wide Sustainability Awareness Day, which happened this past Friday.

Sustainability Awareness Day was an effort to make the campus a more environmentally-aware place. Sustainability Awareness Day was organized by the Sustainability Committee, which includes members such as Rob Campbell, who is the director of the Bonner Leaders program on campus.

Throughout the day there were several activities for students to participate in such as a campus-wide blackout, a ribbon cutting for a new herb garden and tables for students to make pledges to be more environmentally conscious in the future.

Starting at 8 a.m. Friday to 8 a.m. on Saturday, students across campus worked to conserve energy, by unplugging unused electronics, using light only when necessary and taking shorter showers throughout the day.

The blackout was probably the most noticeable part of Sustainability Awareness Day, since student residence halls and lecture halls used only a minimal amount of electricity. This left several classrooms and lecture halls in the dark, literally.

One of the participating professors, Dr. Jennifer Pemberton, assistant professor of sociology, said, “everyone needs to think about sustainability. If we don’t, we’re going to run out of natural resources and make the world an unsafe place for future generations in many ways—not just pollution, but war over scarce resources.”

Dr. Pemberton feels strongly about the issue of environmentalism and will be teaching a class in the spring semester on environmental sociology, which will feature social sources of environmental degradation and ways that students can help this global problem.

Another YHC professor who participated in the event was Dr. Isabelle Therriault, assistant professor of foreign language, forwent the use of her classroom computer entirely. Instead, Therriault planned pronunciation games and worksheets for students to work on in the dim light from the windows of Goolsby Lecture Hall.

“I’m glad they’re doing it,” Therriault said.

Dr. Therriault said she recycles at home and mentioned feeling upset that there weren’t more places to recycle in Towns County or on campus.

“It hurts my heart. It really does. I really hate to throw away things that can be recycled.”

Along with the blackout, the Sustainability Committee set up in front of Goolsby Lecture Hall and outside of Grace-Rollins Dining Hall. At these tables, sustainability members gave away sustainability bags at the tables. These bags were free for students, since students pay a “green fee” as part of their tuition; however, the cost was $1 for anyone else.  As a bonus, students who signed a pledge at one of the tables to make a personal effort to lead a more environmentally-aware life, received free white boards.

In addition, At 12 p.m., in front of Grace-Rollins Dining Hall, there was a ribbon-cutting ceremony to honor YHC’s new herb garden. Some of the herbs from the garden were used in the day’s lunch, which was made largely from local produce. Since the dining hall was working to conserve electricity, the hall featured a live acoustic guitar performance, due to the lack of electricity necessary for the usual radio selections.

Overall, many students and professors participated in the day’s events, allowing YHC students and staff to take part in becoming more environmentally conscious.

YHC gets lesson in sustainability

October 30, 2010 Comments off

By Ember Zimmerman, Staff Writer

On campus is an organization dedicated to making Young Harris College life more sustainable. This organization is simply called the Sustainability Committee. The Sustainability Committee’s mission is to actively assist in making the college, students and faculty more environmentally conscious. Currently, there are three subcommittees dedicated to making YHC more sustainable. Each of these three subcommittees is led by a member of the YHC faculty or staff.

Leading the college in educating faculty and students on lessons of sustainability is Dr. Jim Bishop. In addition to teaching students about sustainability in his classes, Bishop also encourages other faculty to include such lessons in their own curriculum. His English 1102 classes are all based on a theme of bioregionalism this semester, putting him in a good position for such lessons to be taught.

Krista Massell, director of safety and compliance at YHC, works to promote ‘greener’ practices among offices and departments on campus, such as Sodexo, which is in charge of supplying food on campus.

Finally, Rob Campbell, coordinator for academic service learning and Bonner Leaders, leads the sub-committee in charge of communicating with the Young Harris community. He works with the Bonner leaders, Roots and Shoots, SGA and other student organizations to coordinate ‘green’ events. He also works with the mayor of Young Harris on occasion to coordinate sustainability projects not only with the college, but also with the city of Young Harris.

These three subcommittee leaders are also working with other members of the sustainability committee. These additional 13 are a mix of faculty and students trying to improve quality of ‘green’ life on campus, and they’re not the first group to do this.

For years there have been committees on campus dedicated to improving the campus life’s environmental contributions, beginning with Common Ground in 1989. Common Ground was a student group who began recycling paper, plastic and aluminum on campus. Eventually, groups like this evolved into the Sustainability Committee.

The Sustainability Committee has planned a Sustainability Awareness Day, to be held in November. Some of the events for the day are still being planned, but the committee is going to hand out bags filled with sustainability-related goodies. The Sustainability Committee will not be the only ones handing out the bags, as other affiliated student organizations will be aiding them with this and other events on Sustainability Awareness Day.

The Exposing Stitch exposes maternity fears

October 8, 2010 Comments off

 

Britney Carrol uses her artwork to capture pregnancy and the female reproductive cycle. Photo by Skye Butler

 

By Ember Zimmerman, Staff Writer

Britney Carroll’s exhibit, The Exposing Stitch, will be on display at Young Harris College’s Campus Gate Art Gallery until October 29. The opening night exhibition occurred last Thursday, September 30 and garnered a notable amount of attention from the student body.

The Exposing Stitch is aimed at pushing social boundaries regarding pregnancy and exposing unspoken fears on the subject.

“And my personal fears,” Carroll stated. “I learned that pretty much everyone has them, they just don’t talk about them.”

She hopes to help break down social barriers with dynamic interaction between her artwork and her audience.

The artwork mostly consisted of aprons, which are typically used to conceal and protect the wearer’s body. On these aprons, Carroll had sewn imagery relating to pregnancy and the female reproductive cycle, revealing what could be underneath and inside of such an instrument of concealment.

Each piece had a muslin base, giving every single one of the artworks meaning before the first stitch. Carroll mentioned that muslin, while a cheap fabric and good for beginners, was really chosen because after further research, she discovered that muslin is the cloth of choice with dress-makers. Dress-makers tend to use it in making dresses before cutting into the more expensive, finer cloths.

“So, I kind of think of these as my skin and—testing these things out,” Carroll said.

Further compounding her metaphor, she compares the artistic process and the monotonous work of embroidering her artwork onto the cloth to that of pregnancy.

Carroll’s exhibit brings the artist back to her roots. Carroll graduated from YHC with an Associate’s degree in 2004. She later graduated from Georgia College and State University in 2007 with her Bachelor’s degree. She also earned her Master’s of Fine Arts from Western Carolina University in 2009.

Mascot tryouts show school spirit

October 7, 2010 Comments off

By Ember Zimmerman, Staff Writer

Mascot tryouts were held Wednesday night at 8:00 in Young Harris College’s new Recreation Center.

The participants trying out to the YHC’s mascot put on a show for the three judges. The judges, Lori Howard, Matthew Kammerer and Rouseline Emmanuel, were selective about who they allowed to watch the tryouts—only newspaper staff and cheerleaders were allowed to attend, because they are hoping to keep the mascot’s identity a secret until the end of the season.

Results have yet to be announced but will likely be revealed only to the tryout participants.

There were several sections of the tryout. The tryouts consisted of a string of interviews, followed by requests for the tryout’s participants to display their ability to get the crowd fired up. The contestants were limited to riling only an imaginary crowd, but they possessed enough enthusiasm that the judges and attending cheerleaders seemed excited by the end. One of the main requirements of the mascot will be to be seen but not heard, as the mascot’s voice could easily give away his or her identity before the big reveal at the end of the season.

As part of the tryouts, each participant was also asked to invent a signature move for the mascot and suggest a name for the mascot. Tryout participants were only allowed to a picture of the mascot costume; despite this, the tryout participants suggested names such as, Smokey, Charlie, Marley and Leo for the mascot.

“I am very impressed,” said Emmanuel, director of campus activities, when asked about her opinion of the tryouts. All of the contestants were very energetic, and at least two of them had had prior experience as being school mascots at their respective high schools.

All three judges were enthusiastic about the turnout and are looking forward to YHC’s first year with a basketball team. The mascot will be present at all of the men’s and women’s home basketball games, the first of which is scheduled for November 15.

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Believing in change with helping hands

October 7, 2010 Comments off

On Saturday, October 2 students and faculty got together for multiple events to help the community. From helping with the Habitat for Humanity’s project on Kerby Road in Young Harris, to helping clean Corn Creek on campus, YHC volunteers had several ways to lend a helping hand. Photo by Jacob Stone

 

Ember Zimmerman, Staff Writer

This year’s Make a Difference Day on campus involved five major events: Habitat for Humanity’s project on Kerby Road in Young Harris, the Corn Creek Clean-up on campus, the planting of an herb garden in front of the dining hall, volunteer work at the humane society in Blairsville and helping out with the S.A.F.E. organization’s poker run at North Georgia Technical College.

One of the leaders of the Habitat for Humanity project was Paula Padgett, who has been working with the Habitat for Humanity organization for three years.

“It’s a good way to help people who can’t quite qualify for a bank mortgage, but who are hard-working people and they deserve a house,” said Padgett.

This is a dream come true-something I never thought would happen,” said Denise Guffey, a future owner of a Habitat house. Denise and Gary Guffey are the couple who are to receive the house. Throughout the day, the couple worked alongside the Young Harris students and faculty, as well as other hard-working volunteers like Paula Padgett. It’s like a new beginning,” Guffey said. “One miracle after another.”

On campus, the community service continued as students and teachers participated in the Corn Creek Clean-up. Volunteers picked up trash and cleared non-native plants from the area by the creek behind Hillgrove.

Across campus, more Young Harris College volunteers worked with UMAR, a non-profit organization that supports adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to beautify the campus by planting flowers and beginning an herb garden. Allen Clark, who manages the dining hall on campus, said they will be using the herbs from the herb garden in the dining hall.

Clark added, “We will have fresh herbs that we will be able to use to season the food, so that we can lower the salt and oil content.”

Another option for YHC volunteers was helping out at the Humane Society in Blairsville. Students had the opportunity to help out with a number of activities, from cleaning the kennels to walking the dogs. And, volunteers also had the option to help at North Georgia Technical College. There, YHC volunteers assisted in S.A.F.E.’s annual poker run, which serves as one of their largest fundraisers. S.A.F.E is a area organization that provides support and shelter for victims of domestic abuse, child abuse and sexual abuse in Towns and Union Counties.

Each organization made a point to thank the YHC student and faculty volunteers. Make a Difference Day allowed volunteers to make a difference in the local community, whether it was cleaning out kennels, or cleaning out Corn Creek, YHC volunteers learned what it is to make a difference.

Cinematheque offers life applications

October 1, 2010 Comments off

By Ember Zimmerman, Staff Writer

For those who look beyond the flashy, CGI coated exterior of modern cinema, or spend free evenings re-watching “Citizen Kane,” there is a new monthly event on campus called Cinematheque.

Every second Wednesday of the month at Wilson lecture hall, Cinematheque is showing a movie followed by a discussion of the film.

Organizers for the group include Mike Elrod, Genevieve Rodriguez and Dr. Dawn Lamade. The organizers behind Cinematheque stated that they hope to connect the films to the students’ classes in an effort to aid students in learning to use the skills they have acquired at Young Harris College in the real world by discussing the subtext, cinematography, storytelling techniques and greater implications of the films.

Last Wednesday, Cinemathique played Christopher Nolan’s “Memento.” Prior to the showing of the film, there was an introduction by Stuart Miller, resident director of Enotah and Manget halls, gave a brief summary of the film including spoilers and an abbreviated bio of Christopher Nolan. Nolan is more recently known for his work on “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight” and “Inception.” Nolan wrote and directed the film, which, was based on a short story written by his younger brother, Jonathan Nolan.

For those who are familiar with “Memento,” the films that Cinematheque will be showing are geared towards cerebral and analytical thinking.

Those who attend the movie showings should not expect predictable action flicks or thoughtless comedies.

Attendance was meager on Wednesday, perhaps due to its late-night position on a weekday, and much of the audience left before the post-viewing discussion could begin. The organizers behind Cinematheque hope to draw a larger audience for their next movie.

Despite the unusual meeting time, those who are enthusiastic about the significance of the cinematic arts might be interested in attending the next meeting, which is on October 13. During this meeting, Cinematheque plans to show Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction.”

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